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SMSF member limit to rise

Team Maddern
02/May/2021
While it’s not yet in force, the limit on SMSF member numbers is set to increase from the current four to six members later this year. For some SMSFs, this will be a welcome change and will mean additional family members can join their existing fund.
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Weighing up costs and benefits of an SMSF

Team Maddern
04/Apr/2021
For many people, the idea of managing and investing your own retirement savings is very appealing. But there is ongoing debate over whether running your own self-managed super fund (SMSF) is cost effective. So, what are the arguments for and against having your own fund?
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Is a self managed super fund (SMSF) right for you?

Team Maddern
20/Feb/2021
As anyone who has joined the weekend crowd at Bunnings knows, Australians love DIY. And that same can-do spirit helps explain why 1.1 million Aussies choose to take control of their retirement savings with a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF).
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Tax-effective ways to boost your super

Team Maddern
30/Jan/2021
After a year when the average superannuation balance fell slightly or, at best, moved sideways, the summer holidays could be a good opportunity to think about ways to rebuild your savings while being mindful of tax.
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SMSFs on the defensive: Is it time to revisit your strategy?

Team Maddern
12/Sep/2020
Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have had a challenging year, with COVID-19 linked market uncertainty affecting income and returns. But SMSF trustees haven’t been sitting on their hands.
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Is your super fund balanced?

Team Maddern
04/May/2020
The recent sell-off on global sharemarkets due to the economic impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the risks of depending too heavily on a single asset class. Even before the current crisis, the ATO was concerned about a minority of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) with up to 90 per cent of their money in a single asset class.
Bankruptcy: Not the end of tax considerations

Bankruptcy: Not the end of tax considerations

Team Maddern
28/Aug/2018
With personal debt on the rise, many Australians are struggling with their finances. In most cases, a repayment plan can be worked out to get you back in the black. If that’s not feasible, another solution can be to declare bankruptcy, but this can have serious implications if you are running your own small business. […]
Maddern Financial Advisers – ifa Excellence Awards 2018

Maddern Financial Advisers – ifa Excellence Awards 2018

Team Maddern
30/Jul/2018
Maddern Financial Advisers are pleased to announce that we have been nominated for two awards in one of the financial industry’s most prestigious awards. As a local independent financial advising and accounting firm based in Melbourne we are in the running to take out an award at the independent financial advice event of the year. […]
Superannuation and inheritance: making your wishes known

Superannuation and inheritance: making your wishes known

Team Maddern
16/Jul/2018
People often think their superannuation will be treated as part of their estate when they die and distributed according to their Will, but that’s not the case. Unless you have nominated your beneficiaries, the decision as to who receives your super is in the hands of the trustees of your fund. When that happens, the […]
How to avoid common SMSF mistakes

How to avoid common SMSF mistakes

Team Maddern
09/Jul/2018
Running your own self-managed super fund can be time-consuming, but it’s about to get a little easier thanks to a change announced in the May 2018 Budget. From 1 July 2019 SMSFs will be able to move to three-yearly audits if they have three consecutive clear audit reports and lodged their annual returns on time. […]